get the wrong idea (about someone or something)

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get the wrong idea (about someone or something)

To develop a belief or impression (about someone or something) that is untrue, incorrect, or has been misinterpreted or misunderstood. I feel like I need to explain my actions, or you'll end up getting the wrong idea about me. Now don't get the wrong idea or anything, but I think we should spend a little bit of time apart. Whoa, I think you've gotten the wrong idea about tonight—this wasn't supposed to be a date or anything like that!
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Despite their intimate pose, the ex-EastEnders actress wouldn't want you getting the wrong idea about her flirty, touchy-feely relationship with professional dance partner Artem Chigvinsev.
Yoshonda Patterson, who rents a property on Lustful Court, Macon, hopes that people will stop getting the wrong idea about the neighbourhood if the name is changed.
THE message here is to preserve children's ability to imagine, and about getting the wrong idea about others and the unknown.
Ian gets his comeuppance after getting the wrong idea about Clare's intentions and ends up looking a right wally.
He is also concerned the incident during the Manchester Unitedmatch has been blown out of proportion and is worried people might be getting the wrong idea about that.
Now though, Caerphilly County Council is fighting back, claiming people have been getting the wrong idea about what is being planned.
Y OU could be forgiven for getting the wrong idea about Ibiza if you visit San Antonio - a town where you feel positively pre-historic if you are 30 or more.
ND just in case you're getting the wrong idea about Liverpool I should let you know that it is a city of 480,000, albeit with a catchment of 8-10m, and has the best visual arts profile and collections of any British city outside London - a great heritage collection from Medieval to 20th century at the Walker, the only branch of the Tate outside London (Tate and Lyle made their sugar fortune through the port of Liverpool), the only major biennial of art in Britain - a fabulous affair boasting five streams one of which is the Independents who are 120 artists in number, and a space called FACT.
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